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CRASH MAIL continued...

1929-39 Imperial Airways & British Airways Crashes continued...
Lot Symbol Descrip Opening
151 Lockheed G-AFGN - Switzerland / G.B. 1939 (Aug 10) Cover to Switzerland posted at the Bakewell Agricultural Show, KGVI ½d + 1d pair cancelled at Bakewell with a "MOBILE POST OFFICE / B" c.d.s below, singed at the right, bearing a bilingual French/German label explaining that it was damaged in the air crash at Luxeuil, the label with a Basel c.d.s (Aug 15). A very unusual Mobile Post Office cover.

Est. £100-120

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
152 Lockheed G-AESY - Denmark / Sweden. 1939 (Aug 14) Covers from England to Denmark (4) or Sweden (3), all recovered from the August 15th Heston to Copenhagen British Airways flight which caught fire and made an emergency landing in the water at Vordingborg, the five passengers all drowning, the plane being raised the following day. One cover with a 2½d meter, the others all with the stamps washed off, three forwarded or returned within transparent ambulance envelopes, the three covers to Sweden all with Malmo Post Office explanatory slips (Nierinck type bb or similar to type b), one cover with boxed "Indgaaet med / Mangel / af Frimaerker". (7).

Est. £180-220

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.

WRECK MAIL

Wreck Mail
Lot Symbol Descrip Opening
153 S.S "St Paul". 1897 (June 9) Cover from San Francisco to Bowmore, Isle of Islay, the stamp washed off with a red London Paid c.d.s (June 24) applied, violet boxed "DAMAGED BY IMMERSION / IN SEA WATER", reverse with an Officially Sealed label and backstamps of Greenock and Bowmore.

Est. £100-120

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
154 imageR.M.S "Labrador". 1899 Cover from Victoria, British Columbia, to London, the stamp washed off, handstamped violet boxed "DAMAGED BY IMMERSION / IN SEA WATER" and endorsed "Recovered from wreck "Labrador"", boxed "FOUND AT GLASGOW / WITHOUT CONTENTS" and a Glasgow c.d.s (Mar 13) alongside, flap missing. From the "Labrador" which was wrecked on the Mackenzie rocks in the Hebrides on March 1st. Seven mailbags were washed ashore on the islands of Mull, Coll and Tiree, and were taken to Glasgow; one other mailbag was dealt with at Liverpool (see next lot). A fine cover, the "without contents" cachet unusual. Photo on Page 24. (Image1)

Est. £180-220

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
155 imageR.M.S "Labrador". 1899 (Feb 16) Cover from St. Johns, Newfoundland, the stamp washed off with a Newfoundland 2c stamp from another cover reapplied by the Post Office, handstamped violet "RECOVERED FROM WRECK / OF S.S "LABRADOR"" with a Liverpool c.d.s (Mar 15) below. The lower edge repaired with stamp edging, reverse with an Officially Sealed label (March 16 Birmingham c.d.s) and endorsed "Received open at P.O B'Ham 16.3.93", flap missing. A scarce cachet, used on covers from the one mailbag dealt with at Liverpool. Photo on Page 24. (Image1)

Est. £300-400

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
156 S.S "Mexican". 1900 (Mar 23) Cover franked Cape 1d, from Tylden to England, handstamped red "RECOVERED FROM / WRECK OF MEXICAN", backstamped at Dover Station Office (Apr 25). The "Mexican" sank on April 5th eight miles from Cape Town after colliding with S.S "Winkfield" in fog. An unusually fine example of this wreck cachet.

Est. £100-120

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
157 imageS.S "City of Rio de Janeiro". 1901 Cover from Japan to London, the stamps washed off, backstamped violet "Damaged In Wreck / Of S.S. Rio De Janeiro / Feb 22 1901" and repaired with a paper seal prestamped with a similarly worded cachet (but in capitals) in violet, tied by a San Francisco c.d.s (Feb 23), London arrival c.d.s. The "City of Rio de Janeiro", sailing from Yokohama to San Francisco, stuck a ledge and sank entering San Francisco Bay with the loss of over 100 lives. A fine cover, scarce with both cachets. Photo on Page 24. (Image1)

Est. £400-500

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
158 imageS.V "C. Kennedy". 1904 (Dec 13) Picture postcard from Ireland to an employee of the Commercial Pacific Cable Co. on Midway Island, a KEVII 1d cancelled at Ballycastle, minor staining, handstamped large violet "Returned from / Wreck of Ken'dy", datestamps of Honolulu (Mar 26) and Midway Island (May 12). The Schooner "C. Kennedy" sailed from Honolulu to Midway Island with stores and a small mail for the few Marines and Cable Co. employees on the island, but was wrecked on March 2nd shortly after leaving Laysan; the mail was salvaged and returned to Honolulu on March 26th, finally arriving at Midway on May 12th after almost five months. An exceptional card, only one other cover recorded from this wreck. Photo on Page 24. (Image1)

Est. £1,000-1,200

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
159 imageS.S "Cairo". 1905 (Feb 27) Picture postcard from London to Alexandria franked 1d, handstamped violet "SAUVE DU NAUFRAGE DU "CAIRO" / SAVED FROM THE WRECK OF S.S "CAIRO"", with an Alexandria c.d.s (Mar 6). The "Cairo" ran ashore at the entrance to the port of Alexandria on March 6th, cargo and mails being swept into the sea. An unusually fine card dealt with at Alexandria on the day of the wreck, illustrated by Hoggarth & Gwynn. Photo on Page 24. (Image1)

Est. £120-140

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
160 S.S "Jebba". 1907 (Feb 27) Sierra Leone ½d newspaper wrapper from Freetown to London with violet "SALVED FROM / S.S JEBBA" (Hoggarth/Gwynn type 1a), also a fine real Photo postcard of the wrecked ship. The "Jebba" ran ashore on the South Devon coast on March 18th. An unusual newspaper wrapper, part reverse missing. (2). Photo on Page 30.

Est. £120-140

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
161 imageS.S "Jebba". 1907 Stampless picture postcard of Las Palmas addressed to G.B with "PAQUEBOT / PLYMOUTH" c.d.s (Mar 25) and violet "PLYMOUTH / SALVED FROM / S.S JEBBA". A fine and rare cachet, only known used on recovered mail that was posted on the ship and has a March 25th Paquebot c.d.s Photo on Page 30. (Image1)

Est. £300-400

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
162 S.S "Norwegian" / S.S "Scythia". 1917 (Jan 30) Picture postcard from Babakoji, Japan, to Sweden, the stamp washed off, handstamped "DAMAGED BY SEA WATER", from the S.S "Norwegian" which beached off the Irish coast after hitting a mine on 27th February. Also a 1945 (Apr 26) cover from Upper Sumas, British Columbia, to England, the stamps washed off, handstamped violet "DAMAGED BY FIRE & WATER", from the S.S "Scythia" which caught fire in the River Mersey on May 25th. Two good covers, both cachets applied at Liverpool. (2).

Est. £120-140

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
163 imageS.S "Leinster" - H&K Packet / Ireland. 1918 Water damaged cover form Ireland to Lancashire, the stamp washed off, handstamped violet boxed "SALVED FROM / S.S "LEINSTER"", with Ashton-Under-Lyne arrival datestamp (Oct 27). The H&K Packet Steamer "Leinster" was torpedoed en route from Kingstown to Holyhead on October 10th and sank with the loss of 480 lives; at least one bag of mail was washed ashore on the Isle of Man. Very few covers are recorded from this wreck (some of which do not bear this rare named cachet). Photo on Page 30. (Image1)

Est. £600-800

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
164 S.S "Groningen IV". 1944 Cover with enclosed letter posted at Siddeburen (Dec 16), and a picture postcard to Overveen with 1947 (Jan 13) arrival c.d.s, both extensively waterstained, bearing the explanatory label "STAATSBEDRIJF DER PTT / Stuk, afkomstig uit het S.S "Groningen IV", / dat einde 1944 op het Ijsselmeer is gezonken / en thans is gelicht". The "Groningen IV" was sailing on the Ijsselmeer, from Lemmer to Amsterdam, when she collided with the "Jan Nieveen" late on 8th January 1945. The "Groningen IV" sank with the loss of 14 lives, the vessel finally being raised 20 months later, in September 1946. (2).

Est. £100-120

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.

WORLD WAR TWO

World War Two
Lot Symbol Descrip Opening
165 Airgraphs. Unused forms (20) and postally used airgraphs (50) including 31 July 1945 last day uses from G.B to South Africa, East Africa to G.B or Australia to G.B, 9th July 1945 airgraph to Canada sent on the final despatch on July 11th with "Airgraph Service Not Available" cachet deleted, "target" messages giving the destination for each roll of film (3), airgraph from Francis Field advertising his book "Bridging the Atlantic", etc. (70).

Est. £100-120

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
166 Censorship - USA / G.B. 1941-45 Covers and cards including 1941 cover from USA to Germany detained by the British and delivered in 1945 with "RELEASED" and German explanatory label; covers censored in transit in Bermuda (2); and unusual U.S censor cachets including large "RELEASED / BY I.C.B (3), tiny "THIS COMMUNICATION REFERRED / TO DISTRICT POSTAL CENSOR / BY U.S NAVAL AUTHORITIES" or similar "U.S CUSTOMS" cachet, etc. (10).

Est. £100-120

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
167 Patriotic Labels. Various single labels (41) and labels on covers (17, one a front) from various countries, mainly British Colonies including Burma, Hong Kong, Barbados, Canada, also USA, etc., a very large label "Arrived Safely Thanks to Sea Power", a part Canada booklet still containing four "We Realise in Canada the Safe Arrival of this Letter is due to the British Navies" labels, and an India 1 rupee Red Cross and St. John booklet containing 15 labels (one other removed). Also a poster "The Result of Uncensored Thoughtlessness", an interesting lot, the booklets very scarce. (42 + 17 covers + 2 booklets).

Est. £300-350

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
168 Europe. 1939-45 Covers including commercial airmail covers from Holland to South America (4), covers from Germany to China or to the USA sent via Siberia and Japan (3), 1942 emergency flight from The Hague to Schiermonnikoog cut off by winter weather, covers to or from Belgian or French workers in Germany, official "Deutsch Dienstpost" covers from Holland (9, one with unusual violet "DEN HAAG-EMMERICH / BAHNPOST / von / 29 JUL 1941 / Z.68" rubber c.d.s), etc., also a few pre-war covers, and a mint sheet of ten Danish Nazi Party propaganda labels. (35 covers + sheet).

Est. £150-180

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
Far East P.O.W & Internee Mail
Lot Symbol Descrip Opening
169 1941-46 Covers and cards including 1941 G.B cover to an airman in Malaya returned on Air Ministry instructions; 1942 cover from USA to a soldier in Philippines killed in action; 1943 Philippines postcard to a Doctor at Los Banos Recuperative Camp; philatelic Philippines covers to internment camps (4); Vatican Radio postcard reporting a P.O.W in Malaya with covering letter; unused P.O.W stationery (8); 1944 U.S A.P.O cover from Lt. Col. Mellnik who escaped from the Japanese in the Philippines; 1945 air letter from H.M.S "Tenacious" describing picking up allied P.O.Ws, with Tokyo Bay cachets; 1945 cover from a U.S guard at Luzon P.O.W Camp; 1942 G.P.O leaflet on communicating with P.O.Ws in Japanese camps, etc. (21).

Est. £180-200

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
170 c.1942-46 Official letters sent to relatives of forces missing or captured in the Far East concerning notification of capture, mails, payments to next of kin, notification of death in captivity, etc; also letters from P.O.Ws in captivity or after liberation (5, no covers); P.O.W tracing cards (7); letter from Santo Tomas informing a civilian he is to be interned; 1943 "British Malaya" magazines (2); 1945 "Straits Times" and "Guinea Gold" newspapers; 1942 G.P.O leaflet on communicating with P.O.Ws in Japanese camps; 1945 "Rangoon to Bangkok" map printed for released P.O.Ws; silk map of Malaya, etc. (40).

Est. £200-250

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
171 1943-45 Stampless covers (3) and a P.O.W lettersheet from USA to U.S P.O.Ws all returned by U.S authorities, comprising cover to Philippines with "Returned to Sender By Censor" label; cover to "Eugene De Turck, Radio Operator S.S Vincent, Held by Japanese, Shanghai" and lettersheet to Fukuoka Camp both with "Returned to Writer" cachets; and 1943 cover to a Major Burns, held for 31 months until after the war then returned with cachet marked "Deceased". (4).

Est. £100-120

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
172 Japan. 1943-45 Cards comprising a stampless postcard and G.B 3d P.O.W card both to AC2 M.C Lovejoy at Hakodate or Fukuoka 3rd Branch Camp with Japanese censor cachets; 1945 3d P.O.W postcard to Gunner E.A. Smeed in Fukuoka Camp No. 1, marked "unknown" with violet "Return To Sender" and "RETURNED IN UNDELIVERED MAILS / FROM TERRITORY FORMERLY OCCUPIED / BY JAPANESE FORCES"; and 1944 (Nov) Zentsuzi War Prison Camp postcard from F.A Fieldhouse to Kent, found by allied forces in Japan with Japanese censors and datestamp (Dec 9), violet boxed "RETURNED IN / UNDELIVERED / MAILS FROM JAPAN", arrival datestamp (19 Oct. 1945), unusual. Also an unused Zentsuzi Camp postcard. (5).

Est. £160-200

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
173 Japan - Hakodate. 1944-45 Cards from Hakodate to England, type 1 cards (3) and type 2 cards (4) sent by AC1 K. Sayer-Poll (2), Pte P.W Snow, Sgt C. Cropper or AC1 G. Fowler (3) all with Japanese censors, six with G.B censors, five handstamped "Sce DES PRISONNIERS DE GUERRE", the three cards from Fowler with vertical folds (one repaired with tape), otherwise fine. (7).

Est. £200-250

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
174 Japan - Kawasaki. 1942-44 Covers (with enclosed letters) from G.B to Aircraft Fitter D.J Sutch, captured when H.M.S "Hermes" was sunk off the coast of Ceylon in April 1942, comprising covers to "H.M.S Hermes, c/o G.P.O" (2, March/April 1942, one "Return To Sender"), and stampless covers (5) and 3d P.O.W postcards (2) to Kawasaki No. 1 Camp. Also 1943 typed copy of a message broadcast received from Sutch with a covering letter from the Naval Barracks at Lee-on-Sea, and 1945 telegrams sent to Sutch in Canada whilst en route to the U.K, or upon his arrival back in London. An interesting correspondence, the items to Kawasaki Camp all with Japanese censors. (12).

Est. £250-300

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
175 Japan - Zentsuji. 1942-44 Covers (5) and a P.O.W lettersheet from the USA to "H.P Hevenor, American Civilian Internee, Bureau of the Budget, formerly at Wake Island, Zentsuji War Prison Camp", five covers bearing U.S airmail stamps, one stampless, all with circular or boxed Japanese censor cachets. An interesting correspondence to a civilian, treated as a military P.O.W by the Japanese. (6).

Est. £240-280

CLOSED
Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.

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